Claressa Shields

Boxing

Name: Claressa Shields
Sport: Boxing
Discipline(s): Boxing
Weight Class: Middleweight
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165 lbs
DOB: 3/17/1995
Birthplace: Flint, Mich.
Hometown: Flint, Mich.
High School: Flint Northwestern High School
Coach(es): Leon Lawson
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 U.S. OLYMPIAN
  • 2012 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
World Championship Experience
  • 2016 ELITE WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2014 ELITE WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2013 YOUTH WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION
Other Career Highlights
  • AMERICAS OLYMPIC QUALIFIER CHAMPION
  • 2015 USA BOXING FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
  • U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS CHAMPION
  • 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES CHAMPION (FIRST AMERICAN FEMALE TO WIN GOLD AT PAN AMS)
  • 2015 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
  • 2014 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
  • 2013 USA BOXING YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPION
  • 2012 WOMEN’S CONTINENTAL CHAMPION
  • 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS CHAMPION AND OUTSTANDING BOXER
  • 2011 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPION
  • TWO-TIME JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPION
Personal: Claressa already owns a piece of the history books as the first American woman to win gold in boxing and become the first American boxer (male or female) ever to win gold in back-to-back Olympic Games ...She has inspired her hometown of Flint and women across the world with her story of overcoming a difficult childhood and intense adversity to become the greatest female boxer in the world. ...The documentary chronicling her run to Olympic gold, T-Rex, has been screening across the country over the past two years and is now available on Vimeo. It will premiere on PBS on August 2. ...A studio film based on her life is currently in the works...She idolizes Serena Williams...She is the first member of her family to graduate from high school. It was important to her to set a good example for her family and everyone who looks up to her....Claressa has only had one loss in her entire career. She lost to British World Champion Savannah Marshall just months before the 2012 Olympic Games. She hasn't had the chance to avenge the loss because Marshall has lost in several international events before getting to Shields since 2012. ...She decided to start boxing after hearing about Laila Ali from her father Clarence Shields at age 11.

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